June 10, 2019
Today we celebrate the feast of the Blessed Trinity (God’s being three Persons in one God). This is the most fundamental and most foundational doctrine of our Catholic Faith. It clearly is a mystery to us. We cannot figure it out and it even is hard to grasp in any fundamental way. How can God be so is beyond us.
The best modern technology and philosophy can do is show that here we do not have a contradiction, i.e. how can three be one? When we think about it. It is not simple but a very complex designation for God. In no way do we have three persons in one person or three separate Gods or one God made up of three separate parts. In all this, it is easier to say what the Trinity is not than saying what It is.
Our best approach to this mystery is to think in this mode: We ask God Who God is and God answers us by telling us that God is a Trinitarian being. We take God’s Word as God’s Word and there is no need to take apart this answer from God. The trinitarian concept, as far as we can understand it, is part of a revelation where God exposes God’s self to us so that we can have some idea of Who God is. Do not get lost in God’s answer, and understand, in human terms, only persons/beings love to reveal themselves to important people, to those they love very deeply.
So the notion of Trinity is the most significant and powerful manifestation of how much God loves us.
Today’s Mass prayers and many of the Scripture texts of the Mass (including the readings) are inclusive and include Three Persons, i.e. God the Father/Mother, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. The First Reading is basically a Jewish reading from the Hebrew Testament and does not really have the “three-some” aspect we have been discussing above; the most that can be said about it is that it may hint at it – but that is all! The Responsorial Psalm shows God as Creator (we might say here the Creator is really God the Father/Mother). The Gospel selection comes from the Gospel of John and comes from the Last Supper part of this Gospel. Here we see that “since what Jesus has, the Father ([God the Father/Mother] also has, the Spirit will continue the revelation of the one God.” (John L. McLaughlin, commentary for Trinity Sunday, Living With Christ, June 2019).
Today’s Entrance Antiphon makes a great prayer: “blessed be God the Father [-Mother], and the only Begotten Son of God, and also the Holy Spirit, for God has shown us [God’s] merciful love.” In Living With Christ, the first prayer in the Prayers of the Faithful is very appropriate and shows what today’s Eucharist asks of us Catholics: “for the People of God, striving to embody the love of the Trinity, we pray to the Lord.”
Our God is totally magnificent and awesome and wonderful and chooses to love us with an amazing love! What a beautiful grace for us!